VMware Fusion 2.0.2 Now Available: Import Parallels Desktop 4 Virtual Machines and More!

dinnerbell_rome We’re proud to announce our latest maintenance release of VMware Fusion 2.  VMware Fusion 2.0.2 is a free update for all VMware Fusion 1.x and VMware Fusion 2.x users.

VMware Fusion 2.0.2 fixes a number of bugs, while adding some much-requested enhancements.  You can read all about it on the release notes, but the highlights are below.  You can go grab the bits here.

Import Parallels Desktop 4 and Parallels Server Virtual Machines

At Macworld we had the pleasure to announce that we had overcome Parallels Desktop to become the top selling Windows on Mac product for all of 2008

One of the reasons why people are switching to VMware Fusion in droves is because we make it so easy to switch, with the ability to import your existing Parallels Desktop virtual machines directly from the VMware Fusion user interface.

Here’s a video of it in action:

Ever since the launch of Parallels Desktop 4, we’ve seen many users asking us for the ability to import Parallels 4 virtual machines.  At the same time, as more and more users recognize VMware Fusion as a server-class virtualization tool to run on their Mac Pros and XServes, there have been requests for the ability to import Parallels Server virtual machines.

Well, we’re happy to announce that in VMware Fusion 2.0.2, you can import Windows virtual machines created in both Parallels Desktop 4 and Parallels Server.

Virtual Leopard Server

Ever since VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2, with the ability to run Mac OS X Leopard Server virtual machines, we’ve heard users asking for the ability to mount a .dmg disk image from a virtual machine.  Well, in VMware Fusion 2.0.2, you can finally do that.

Also, in VMware Fusion 2.0.1, there was an issue with running Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.6 virtual machines, requiring folks to use 10.5.5, and refrain from upgrading.  This is now fixed too.

Lastly, there had been some issues with installing Leopard Server virtual machines on the new MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air announced in Fall 2008.  This is now fixed.

Faster Shared Folders

In previous versions of VMware Fusion, occasionally, when browsing a Windows shared folder or mirrored folder, you would see a lag from the time you opened the shared folder to when contents would start appearing.  It wasn’t long, but it long enough to be noticeable, and less than seamless.  We’re happy to let you know that this has now been fixed in VMware Fusion 2.0.2.

Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex Support

For all you Linux fans out there, VMware Fusion 2.0.2 now supports Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex as a virtual machine, complete with pre-compiled VMware Tools modules, Easy Install support, and, everyone’s favorite….Linux Unity view! 

See video of Linux Unity view in action below:

And for more information please check out the complete release notes, along with the known issues section.  Enjoy the software, and thanks for your ongoing support!



9 comments have been added so far

  1. It would be helpful, if it was EXPLICITLY Stated in VMWare Fusion Notes, as to How OSX Sever can be virtualized.
    It looks like OS X Server, is ran inside
    OS X Client – but nowhere is this specifically stated…
    I am looking for an official VMWare statement saying “To Virtualize OS X Server”, run the Virtual Machine from inside OS X Client.
    — Or should it be ran from inside OSX Server ?
    I would like to se somewhere some discussion on this topic – but I can find none.

  2. @MacBubble
    This is an Apple licensing question, but the way that it works right now, is that you can run Mac OS X Leopard Server in a virtual machine on VMware Fusion, running on top of Mac OS X Client or Server.
    The only limitations of Mac OS X in a virtual machine are based on Apple’s EULA licensing strictures.

  3. DirectX 9 is supposed to be supported (and appears to be) in 2.0.2 – but still no Aero in Vista as far as I can see. Can you confirm or tell me how to make it work? I have 3D acceleration enabled.

  4. I still get a error about the graphics card installing vmware tools in ubuntu 8.10 on Macbook.
    It works but i noticed with ubuntu 8.10 that the login screen in 8.10 isn’t set at the same resolution as the desktop, login is at about 1024 and desktop when entering is at 1280.
    This works great in ubuntu 8.04, the resolution is always at 1280×800

  5. It would be extremely useful to have the ability to configure a “Virtual Monitor” that Windows detects as a second display. I can then choose to place that Virtual Monitor on my second display or even on a different Spaces desktop. I think this is a huge concept.

  6. Has anyone posted test results comparing VMWare Fusion to VMWare Workstation? I have a full-blown application environment that I run as a virtual image on PC (Intel dual core 2.5 GHz with 3 GB RAM on Windows XP). I give the guest OS (Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Ed + SQL Server Enterprise Ed + Application services) 1 GB to 1.5 GB of RAM. It performs acceptably. I want to know how this would perform on an equally outfitted Mac.

  7. How, exactly does one mount a DMG in Fusion? I’ve created a DMG using Disk Utility, filled it with goodness, then attempted to open it in Fusion, but I only get an empty window in explorer. Are there requirements on the type of DMG I can mount?

  8. I am glad to hear the goods new from your blog.
    However, i want to know whether i make a share disk in 2 VMs bacause of the oracle rac. I have found there is a problem or a bug in making shared disk in vmware server 2.0.1. I want to know whether it can solve my problem or not.

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